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‘If You Can’t Breathe, Nothing Else Matters;’ Community Comes Together to Fight For Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

(April 17, 2019) - MINNEAPOLIS

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Jill Thompson
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On May 10, the Minnesota community will come together to celebrate lung cancer survivors and fund cutting-edge research for the American Lung Association in Minnesota’s LUNG FORCE Oxygen Ball.

The need for increased lung cancer awareness and research funding is more important than ever. In fact, every five minutes, a woman in the U.S. is told that she has lung cancer and one in four will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetimes. Here in Minnesota, this year there will be an estimated 3,600 people diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 2,000 will succumb to the disease.

“Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women, so fighting to end this terrible disease must be a collaborative effort,” said Missi Arens, the executive director for the Lung Association. “Each year, it is truly inspiring to see the community come together to fight lung cancer. Events like the Oxygen Ball help us fund life-saving lung cancer research, local educational programs to assist people with lung disease and free programs to help Minnesotans quit smoking.”

The Oxygen Ball, held at the International Square Marketplace in Minneapolis, is an eclectic and exciting events that features a cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction and live music by local band Boogie Wonderland. Almost 90 cents of every dollar raised will go to the Lung Association’s programs and services, including research, advocacy and public health education.

Tickets, table reservations and sponsorships for the 2019 Oxygen Ball are currently available online or by calling the Lung Association in Minnesota at 651-227-8014.


About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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